GCC Athletics Update
Written by WBTA STAFF on February 16, 2018
Rosalyn Sealey (Oakland park, Fla.) and Brian Fobbs (Rochester, N.Y)
Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced
The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 10 are Rosalyn Sealey (Oakland park, Fla.) from the women’s basketball team and Brian Fobbs (Rochester, N.Y) from the men’s basketball team.
Rosalyn was the Cougars’ leading scorer in both Genesee contests last week having scored 31 points against Mercyhurst North East Feb. 7 and 16 points against Jamestown Community College Feb. 10. For the week, the sophomore shot 53 percent from the floor in going 19-for-36, 58 percent from the free-throw line with seven charity-strip points and 44 percent from outside the arc with a dozen points. In addition, she added 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals collectively in both games. Of the two contests, she was most impressive in the game against Mercyhurst, where Rosalyn attributed for more than half of the entire point total of the team.
In addition to being GCC’s Male Athlete of the Week, Brian was also selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association D-II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, as well as NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week. Brian set a GCC record for points in a game with 46 and moved into sole possession of eighth in scoring in GCC history. Helping the Cougars to a pair of wins, Brian averaged 38 points per game and 15.5 rebounds per game last week, which were both higher than his nation-leading totals in both those categories. His point total average from last week was almost 11 points higher than his nation-leading average. Currently, Fobbs is the top NJCAA Division-II scorer at 27.2 ppg and 13.5 rpg. Last week, the sophomore scored 76 points with 31 boards in recording back-to-back double-double performances with a combined shooting percentage from the floor at 72 percent that included 71 percent from outside the arc and also 88 percent from the free-throw line, with 30 points coming from the latter two categories.
Men’s Lacrosse Team Names Captains and Comes in at No. 3 in First 2018 NJCAA Poll
The Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team enters the season at No. 3 in the first National Junior College Athletic Association Poll for 2018 by coaches.
The Cougars will look to return as national champions from two seasons ago after losing a heartbreaking one-goal game last season in the Final Four to Howard Community College 14-13.
This year’s national championship will again be in Syracuse with the Final Four competing May 12-13.
The GCC men’s lacrosse coaching staff announced its four captains for the 2018 season that include Mathew Anderson, Samuel Koczwara, Alex Mack, and Patrick Shea.
Mathew Anderson is a defender, who has been a four-year varsity letterman and a two- time, first team all-state and all-conference defender from Groham, Maine.
Samuel Koczwara, a midfielder from Mount Hawthorn, Australia, was on the Australian National Team for the U19 World Championships in 2016, and has captained many teams overseas.
Alex Mack started all 14 games at attack last year and was selected as a NJCAA Region-III second team selection after scoring 67 points from 49 goals and 18 assists.
Patrick Shea will help lead the defensive unit as he returns from injury that allowed him limited action last season.
Genesee is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) and NJCAA Region III. This year’s schedule is highlighted with games against Howard CC, CCBC- Essex, Nassau CC, and Onondaga CC.
A link to the NJCAA National Poll can be found at: http://njcaa.org/sports/mlax/polls
Cougars Run into Hot-Shooting Kats Team
The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Erie Community College Feb. 14. Erie shot almost 59 percent from the field and added 39 points from threes at a shooting percentage of 50 to score 110 points to Genesee’s 70.
Genesee held its last lead at 10-9 early in the first half before the Kats poured it on and re-took the lead for the rest of the contest.
National Junior College Athletic Association D-II Player of the Week Brian Fobbs led the Cougars with 22 points and 15 rebounds in recording another double-double performance.
Two other Genesee players registered double-digit points with Caylen Williams scoring 14 and Rahmel Thompson adding 10. Williams also had a team-high six assists for the Cougars.
Genesee will now need some help to secure one of the two playoff byes as they fell to third in Western New York Athletic Conference standings.
Lady Cougars’ Rally Falls Short Against Erie
The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team rallied several times in the second and third quarters, but couldn’t muster a fourth-quarter rally and dropped to host Erie 81-71 Feb. 14.
The Kats got out to a 7-0 start, but Genesee pulled within two by the end of the first at 18-16. Rosalyn Sealey opened the scoring in the second quarter to finally get the Cougars even at 18, and it wasn’t until a Reika Murota three gave Genesee its first lead of the game at 23-22 almost three minutes into the second quarter.
After trailing 33-30 at the half, Sealey gave Genesee a 45-43 lead with just three minutes left in the third before Erie re-took the lead by the end of the quarter at 53-47.
TaLia Burgess led the Cougars with 19 points and was one of five Genesee players to hit double-digits. Sealey netted 15, Kierra Perl had 14, Murota scored 11 and Jasmine Holmes finished with 10.
Burgess also hauled down a team-high 10 rebounds to secure the double-double. Holmes registered a season-high seven blocks to go with eight rebounds, while Sealey added a half-dozen assists.
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